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Conference Summary

The agenda for the 2011 Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference appears below. (You can download a copy here.)

November 3, 2011

 11:30  a.m.

Registration/Check-in

 12:00 noon     

Luncheon, Keynote Speakers, and 2011 Star Awards Ceremony

 Raymund A. Paredes, Commissioner of Higher Education

"The State of Higher Education in Texas”    

audio

Audio - Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Vincent Tinto, Distinguished Professor of Education, Syracuse University                       

 Moving Beyond Access: Increasing Student Persistence 

audio

Texas Higher Education Star Awards Ceremony

Introduction of Finalists and Programs

Awards Ceremony

 2:00 p.m.

Conference Welcome

Fred W. Heldenfels IV, Chairman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Opening Remarks

 2:15 p.m.

Higher Education Governance, Excellence, and Transparency                        

The Honorable Dan Branch, Texas House of Representatives, District 108, Chair of the House Committee on Higher Education and Co-Chair of the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency   

The Honorable Judith Zaffirini: Texas Senate, District 21, Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee and Co-Chair of the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency

Representative Branch and Senator Zaffirini will provide overviews of the 82nd Legislative Session and the upcoming work of the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency.

Audio

   3:00 p.m.

Promoting, Sustaining, and Scaling Institutional Progress in Accomplishing Goals                  

Panel Facilitator: Vincent Tinto, Distinguished Professor of Education, Syracuse University                                               

Panelists:

·         Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College District

·         William Powers, Jr., President, The University of Texas at Austin

Presentation: "The State of UT"

President Powers and Chancellor Hellyer will discuss some strategies and activities that are helping to promote, sustain, and scale institutional progress in goal accomplishment on their campuses. The discussion will include best practices that have been implemented or planned.

 3:45 p.m.

Break

 4:00 p.m.

Cultivating Undergraduate Student Persistence and Success – Best Practices

Panel Facilitator: David Teuscher, Member, THECB

Panelists:

·           Betsy Barefoot, Vice President & Senior Scholar, Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, on The Importance of the First-Year Experience

·           Jinny Case, Senior Retention and Graduation Analyst, The University of Texas at San Antonio, on the Late Intervention Program

·           Troy Johnson, Vice Provost, University of North Texas, on the Emerald Eagles Scholars Program

 Panelists will discuss some of the strategies that hold promise for helping undergraduate students, particularly at-risk students, achieve collegiate success. 

Audio

 4:45  p.m.

Facilitated Roundtable Discussions of Continuous Improvement to Enhance and Sustain Undergraduate Student Persistence and Success

Roundtable Discussion Facilitators:                       

·         Betsy Barefoot, Vice President & Senior Scholar, Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, on The Importance of the First-Year Experience 

·         Calvin Jamison, Senior Vice President for Business Affairs, The University of Texas at Dallas, on The Lean Initiative at The University of Texas at Dallas 

·         James K. Nelson, Jr., Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Texas at Tyler, (and Chair of the 2010 and 2011 Tuning Oversight Councils) on the Tuning Texas Project                        

Facilitators will lead discussions on the means and methods by which institutions can accomplish greater productivity toward both student success and improving quality and learning outcomes.

 5:30 p.m.

Adjournment

 6:30 p.m.

Reception

 7:15 p.m. 

Dinner and Keynote Speaker 

Learning as a Way of Leading”  - Stephen D. Brookfield, Distinguished University Professor, University of St. Thomas         

     Audio                     

November 4, 2011

7:30 a.m. 
Registration/Check-in and Breakfast Buffet  

8:00 a.m.

Welcome Fred W. Heldenfels IVChairman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) 

8:15 a.m.

Texas Higher Education: Closing the Gaps by 2015

David W. Gardner, Deputy Commissioner for Academic Planning and Policy/Chief Academic Officer, THECB                       

The future economic growth of Texas, especially in the context of a globally developing economy, lies in the development of a well educated workforce. David Gardner will provide a summary of Texas demographics and an update on progress made toward Closing the Gaps by 2015, the state’s higher education plan.

8:45 a.m.

The Texas Public Higher Education Accountability System and Institutional Profiles/Degree Program Development and Review 

Susan E. BrownAssistant Commissioner for Planning and Accountability, THECB  

The Higher Education Accountability System is used to track performance on critical measures that exemplify higher education institutions' missions. The Accountability System is modeled on the state's higher education plan, Closing the Gaps by 2015, and has been in place for nearly eight years. Susan Brown will provide an overview of the authority of the Coordinating Board, and an explanation of the data, metrics, analysis, and reports that can be used by higher education leaders to assist them in advancing their institutional missions and moving the State of Texas forward in accomplishing the goals of Closing the Gaps.   

MacGregor M. StephensonAssistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs and Research, THECB 

MacGregor Stephenson will provide a summary explanation of the review of new and existing degree programs.

9:15 a.m.

Effective Trusteeship, Ethics, and the Avoidance of Conflicts of Interest

Panel Facilitator: William M. Franz, General Counsel, THECB

Panelists:

·         Cobby A. Caputo, Attorney, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta, LLP

·         Fernando C. Gomez, Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, Texas State University System

2010 Public Information Act Made Easy
2012 Texas Conflict of Interest Laws Made Easy
2012 Texas Ethics, Gifts, Honorarium Laws Made Easy
2012 Texas Open Meetings Act Made Easy
Education Code 51 923
Government Code 572
Links to Attorney General Training Videos
2010 Open Meetings Handbook
2010 Public Information Handbook
Texas Ethics Code

·        Cullen M. "Mike" Godfrey, Chief Legal Officer, Texas A&M University Health Science Center

Presentation: "Can I Take It?"

Governing Board members who serve public colleges and universities fulfill their considerable responsibilities in an increasingly complex legal environment. Practitioners of management accounting and financial management have an obligation to the public, their profession, the organization they serve, and themselves, to maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct. In recognition of these obligations, panelists will provide an overview of open meetings and open records in Texas. They also will lead an interactive discussion about effective trusteeship, ethics (including ethical issues in financial management), and the avoidance of conflicts of interest.  

10:00 a.m. 
Break

10:15 a.m.

Continued: Effective Trusteeship, Ethics (including Ethical Issues in Financial Management), and the Avoidance of Conflicts of Interest

Panel Facilitator:William M. Franz, General Counsel, THECB  

Panelists:

·         Cobby A. Caputo, Attorney, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta, LLP

·         Fernando C. Gomez, Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, Texas State University System

·         Cullen M. "Mike" Godfrey, Chief Legal Officer, Texas A&M University Health Science Center  

11:00 a.m. 

“What I Wish I Had Known as a New Governing Board Member” – Panel Discussion

Panel Facilitator: Harold Hahn, Member, THECB 

Panelists:

·         Roberto Zárate, Trustee, The Alamo Colleges

·        Jerry Turner, Chairman, Board of Regents, Texas Tech University System

·        Bob Garrett, Chair of the Board of Regents, Stephen F. Austin State University

Governing board members face an increasingly complicated political, economic, and social environment. Panelists are governing board members from Texas institutions of higher education who will discuss the biggest concerns of new regents and trustees, relations among governing board members and senior administrators, and evaluation of board and executive performance.

11:45 a.m.

Summary Remarks

Fred W. Heldenfels IV Chairman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board  

12:00 Noon

Luncheon

1:15 p.m.

The Budgeting Process for Public Institutions of Higher Education in Texas (Concurrent Sessions) Universities (Wedgwood Room)

Betty J. Crain Chief Business Officer, Texas A&M University System

Audio

Community Colleges and Districts (Glass Oaks Room)

Ben Ferrell, Jr., Executive Vice President, Finance & Administration, Austin Community College

Audio

 2:00 p.m.

Adjournment for University Governing Board Members

Note: Financial management training for community college governing board members required by HB 1206, 82nd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, will continue in the Glass Oaks Room.

Understanding the Revenue Mix for Texas Community Colleges and the State Budgeting Process

Johnette McKown, President, McLennan Community College

Audio

 2:45 p.m.

Break for Community College Governing Board Members

 3:00 p.m.

Campus Financial Management – Panel Discussion Session

Panel Facilitator: Molly Beth Malcolm, Chair, Community College Association of Texas Trustees

Panelists:

·        Pamela Anglin, President, Paris Junior College

·        Johnette McKown, President McLennan Community College

·        Richard Rhodes, President, Austin Community College District

Audio

3:45 p.m.

Financial Report and Ratio Analysis

Gary Johnstone, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Planning and Accountability, THECB              

 Audio

4:15 p.m.

Concluding Remarks

Fred W. Heldenfels IV Chairman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Raymund A. Paredes, Commissioner of Higher Education  

Audio

4:30 p.m. Adjournment for Community College Governing Board Members

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